Gunn High School vaulted to the forty-second spot on Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools 2011" list yesterday, edging out Walnut Hills in Cincinnati and representing the only high school in Palo Alto in the rankings.
A low student-to-teacher ratio, high number of advanced tests per pupil, high graduation rates and SAT scores and a large percentage of college-goers cemented Gunn's position.
The school was judged with 1,100 other schools using a new methodology that placed the most value on a school's percentage of college-bound students and the number of AP/IB/AICE tests per graduate.
"This demonstrates our community's commitment to education," said Gunn High School Principal Katya Villalobos. "We are pleased with our students' achievement in all areas, this being one measure. Gunn students achieve in many areas from the arts to music to engineering/math and athletics."
Newsweek reached out to administrators, principals, guidance counselors, and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate coordinators from 10,000 public high schools to solicit the data they culled from to produce these results.
"As a colleague states," said Villalobos, "we value achievement in the 4 As: academics, the Arts, athletics, and activities. This is a community recognition for our students, parents, and teachers."